African leaders express shock, sorrow over Shinzo Abe death

African leaders express shock, sorrow over Shinzo Abe death

Condolences poured in from across the world over the death of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, with the leaders of African nations expressing sorrow over the tragic shooting Friday during Abe’s speech in the city of Nara. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, prime minister of Mauritius, said he was deeply shocked…

Madagascar braces for intense cyclone Batsirai

Madagascar braces for intense cyclone Batsirai

For the second time in as many weeks, people in Madagascar are bracing for a tropical storm that’s set to make landfall on Saturday. That landfall is expected between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. along the coast between Mahanoro and Mananjar. The 3 p.m. bulletin issued by Météo Madagascar said…

Mauritius PM calls for equal access to COVID vaccines

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius has called for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, saying the pandemic has made painfully clear the inequities that exist between the world’s richer nations and their impoverished counterparts around the globe. “Such an access is key to change the course of the pandemic and…

Mauritius says it’s making progress on MV Wakashio oil spill

Officials in Mauritius say they’ve offloaded nearly all the fuel that was still trapped aboard the ill-fated MV Wakashio, the Japanese-owned ship that is stranded and leaking oil into a protected marine area of the Indian Ocean island nation. That’s according to Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Wednesday, as he…

Africa makes progress on financial governance despite recent setbacks

Nigeria’s war on corruption suffered several body blows this month after Ibrahim Magu, the chief of its Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was suspended on suspicion of malfeasance, including collecting bribes and siphoning funds away from the EFCC. A dozen more staff members within the anti-corruption agency were subsequently…

EU names 4 African nations to financial crimes watchlist

Ethiopia and Tunisia have been removed, but four African nations are now on a financial crimes watch list issued by the European Union. Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Zimbabwe are identified as high-risk countries for money laundering and the potential for funding terrorism, according to an EU statement. The additions are…

Mauritius warns of wind, rain with storm Calvinia

The government of Mauritius has placed the Indian Ocean island nation under a Class III warning as Tropical Cyclone Calvinia passes near the island, bringing with it rain, heavy winds and seas. The latest advisory from the Mauritius Meteorological Services, issued at 1 a.m. Tuesday, put the center of the…

Mauritius condemns UK position on Chagos

The Government of Mauritius issued a statement Friday condemning the decision of the United Kingdom, which has refused to abide by international legal decisions that require the UK to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. Those decisions included a nonbinding ruling by the International Court of Justice, the principal court…

For Africa, Fridays for the Future marches are just beginning

The climate strike movement is just beginning and that’s certainly true for Africans. Friday climate marches grabbed all the headlines – and for good reason, since it’s the Fridays for the Future movement – but on the African continent the climate action promised to continue into the weekend and beyond….

Pope Francis appeals for end to African xenophobia

Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after completing a three-nation tour of southern Africa, and some of his most compelling insights may have been on the plane ride home from Antananarivo. The pope held a press conference with journalists aboard the flight, wrapping up his thoughts on his journey…

Mauritian chef’s cookbook celebrates Indian Ocean cuisine

Move over, jollof wars of West Africa. For Selina Periampillai, a chef of Mauritian descent who grew up in London, it’s the scent of spices and the Indian Ocean cuisine that keeps her connected to a heritage that she’s now sharing with a new cookbook, “Island Kitchen.” Periampillai, along with…

Mauritius, ICIJ respond to tax-haven investigation

One week after a new investigation into tax policies in Mauritius was published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the ICIJ said it has seen international response to the reporting and concerns over allegations from officials in the Indian Ocean island nation. The project, a collaboration of 54 journalists…